A promising sign, Huskie volleyball wins first road match of year, 3-1 over Virginia Tech (9/19)

GO HUSKIES
GO HUSKIES

GO HUSKIES

BALL STATE 2, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1


Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  

Total

 
Northern Illinois 1 - 0 - - - 1 NIU now 1-5-0,
0-2-0 in MAC
Ball State 1 - 1 - - - 2 BSU now 4-2-1,
2-0-0 in MAC

 

Scoring Summary:
NIU --- Jill Heikkila (Megan Kolkay assist), 17:48 Gone.
BSU --- Kate Nadalin (Alicia Kalafut assist), 31:40 Gone.
BSU --- Amy Holst (Dee Nocero assist), 67:47 Gone.


Statistical Summary:

Statistic NIU BSU
Overall Shots 8 16
Shots on Goal 5 8
Corner Kicks 6 10
Offsides 0 0
Fouls 7 5


 

HUSKIES GIVE SOLID EFFORT BUT COME UP SHORT AT BALL STATE POSTS 2-1 WOMEN'S SOCCER VICTORY

 

MUNCIE, IN---Everything worked the Northern Illinois University women's soccer coach Frank Horvat planned Friday (Sept. 19) against Ball State University. Well, almost everything, as the Cardinals rallied from behind for a 2-1 victory in Mid-American Conference play.


Ball State---the coaches' preseason favorite to win the MAC tournament championship in November---improved to 4-2-1 overall with its third consecutive victory and moved to 2-0-0 in conference play. Northern Illinois falls to 1-5-0 on the season including an 0-2-0 mark in the league.


"This was a great effort by this team today. We created some great scoring chances, but we just couldn't get the ball in the net," Horvat admitted. "We played really well today, but just came up short."

 

Senior forward Jill Heikkila (Chicago / Oak Park Fenwick) put Northern Illinois up 1-0 at the 17:48 mark with her second goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Megan Kolkay (Aurora / Waubonsie Valley) earned her first collegiate point with the assist, finding the Huskie striker open out front for a shot past BSU netminder Megan Swafford. The Cardinals answered at 31:40 worked around her mark to beat Leigh Steigerwald (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) and send the teams to intermission at 1-1.

 

Ball State out-shot the Huskies 6-2 in the opening 45 minutes, but NIU's other shot also nearly resulted in a goal as Katie Klaas (Cherry Valley / Rockford Christian Life) beat Swafford from the side but her shot rang off the post. A Cardinal defender was able to clear the ball to avoid any further trouble.

 

BSU claimed the lead at the 67:47 mark when Dee Nocero found freshman Amy Holst open for the decisive tally on a counter-attack. Holst got behind the Huskie defense for her second match-winner of the week, as her goal on Sunday (Sept. 14) lifted Ball State past Miami (OH) University 1-0 in the Cardinals' MAC opener.

 

"We played like we did against Creighton (last Friday). We did a lot of good things today," Horvat said. "The only negative aspect was the result. This was a winnable game and we let it go by. We didn't get the result we needed today, but if we continue to play like this we will win games in the MAC."

 

Ball State owned a 16-8 edge in shots with Steigerwald stopping six shots for Northern Illinois. Swafford was credited with three saves while one other shot was cleared away by a Ball State defender.

 

The Huskies close the weekend Sunday (Sept. 21) with a 1 p.m. date at Miami. The RedHawks have won the last three MAC titles and stand at 1-1-0 in conference play this season after a 3-1 triumph over Western Michigan on Friday.

 

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